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The Illinois EMS Region IV Coalition is involved in a number of activities related to enhancing pediatric emergency care and injury prevention initiatives within the southwestern sector of our state.  Region IV is comprised of the following counties: Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Washington. 

Region IV EMSC Coalition
Libby Didriksen, MD: Chairperson

Coalition Meetings 
All coalition meetings are held from 12noon - 2pm in the Physician Office Building at Anderson Hospital, Maryville.


October 2012 EMSC minutes (38k)

July 2012 EMSC minutes (36k)

April 2012 EMSC minutes (37k)

January 2012 EMSC minutes (25k)

October 2011 EMSC minutes (25k)

July 2011 EMSC minutes (26k)

January 2011 EMSC minutes (13k)

October 2010 EMSC minutes (18k)

July 2010 EMSC minutes (64k)

April 2010 EMSC minutes (13k)

January 2010 EMSC minutes (16k)


EMSC Coalition Healthcare Scholarship - Deadline: April 1, 2012  (213k)

Coalition Programs

Enhancing Pediatric Care
Hospitals in EMS Region IV participate in the voluntary facility recognition program, where emergency departments who meet specific criteria requirements related to Physician and Nursing training/coverage, pediatric protocols, quality improvement activities and pediatric equipment items receive recognition by the Illinois Department of Public Health. As part of the process, each hospital has a pediatric liaison, who meets quarterly with all pediatric liaisons in the Region to discuss pediatric care and how to improve care and outcomes.

Ongoing Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) courses are available.

American Heart Association
2013 PALS Courses

Anderson Hospital

All classes start at 8:00 am


February 5 & 6, Provider

March 7 & 8, Provider

September 5 & 6, Provider

October 29 & 30, Provider

EMS System Coordinators throughout the Region organize conduction of the Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professional (PEPP) course to prehospital personnel. This 2-day course is offered on a regular basis.

Every year the EMSC Coalition presents a pediatric conference for pre-hospital providers and nurses.  The agenda addresses pediatric care needs. The all-day conference provides pediatric continuing education to all participants. 

Community Education and Injury Prevention
Coalition members offer injury prevention education to various school districts and community groups.

Learning to Care: Targets 4th grade. This program offers kids information on decision making, peer pressure, alcohol and other drugs.

Driver Safety: Targets high school.  This program is presented during drivers education classes.  The information covers driver safety issues including seat belt use and driving under the influence.

Links Resources
SAFE Sitter Program
The SAFE Sitter Program is a babysitting training program aimed at preparing young adolescents for the responsibilities that they undertake as a babysitter.

Other Activities

Each year the EMSC Coalition partners with the Telephone Pioneer Group to provide shoes and socks to needy children in the area. Local school nurses evaluate children in their school district and identify those that are in need of shoes and socks. The children are then taken by bus to a local shoe store and fitted for shoes and socks. This occurs each year from November through January, and typically serves 300 to 400 kids annually.



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